MC5's Kick Out the Jams

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Bloomsbury Academic, Aug 18, 2005 - Music - 122 pages
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When the Motor City 5 stormed the stage, the band combined the kinetic flash of James Brown on acid with the raw musical dynamics of the Who gone berserk. It's a unique band that can land itself on the cover of Rolling Stone a month before the release of its debut album and then be booted from its record contract just a few months later. Rock had never before seen the likes of the MC5 and never will again.

Many of us who were floored by the 5 in concert were convinced that this was the most transcendently pulverizing rock we would ever experience, while many more who heard or read about the band dismissed the 5 as a caricature, a fraud, White Panther bozos play-acting at revolution. There was always plenty of humor to the 5 visionary knuckleheads though the question was whether they were in on the joke. Frequently ridiculed during their short career, they've since been hailed as a primal influence on everything from punk to metal to Rage Against the Machine to the Detroit populist resurgence of the White Stripes, Kid Rock and Eminem.

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Review: Kick Out the Jams (33⅓ #25)

User Review  - James - Goodreads

Good history of the hype that buried a great band. The author notes that their next two albums were ignored classics (true). Read full review

Review: Kick Out the Jams (33⅓ #25)

User Review  - Goodreads

Good history of the hype that buried a great band. The author notes that their next two albums were ignored classics (true). Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Don McLeese has written about rock for the alternative weekly Chicago Reader, as the award-winning pop music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and Austin American-Statesman and as a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone, Request and other national music magazines. He is now an associate professor of journalism at the University of Iowa, and a senior editor at No Depression. He continues to contribute to national music, literary and general-interest publications.

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